New Year’s Eve open thread



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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    May the new Congress be (slightly) better than this one. Well, it will be, because it has (a few) more Democrats.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Remember the wingnuts who, just last week, claimed Hillary was faking a concussion to get out of testifying about Benghazi? They look like SHIT now that she’s in the hospital with a blood clot in her brain. At least she has a brain. They faked having brains.

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    MikeBoyScout spews:

    Happy New Year Darryl, Carl, Lee & Goldy!
    Thanks for the work y’all accomplished in 12!

    To my comment thread posters wishing you all the best in the year ahead.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s hope the snake brings us luck.

  4. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Famous Last Words Dep’t

    “He can’t kick us all out, can he?”

    A group of 33 students at Sydney University in Australia refused to rat out who was responsible for a hazing incident that left a female student near death. So the rector did what he’d said he would do: He expelled all of them.

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    Thanks! Happy new year to you too.

    BTW: Serial Conservative has left a comment saying he has made good on his bet today.

    I didn’t see the original bet terms. Later in the discussion I was under the impression that the loser would send a check to me (made out to the charity) and I would then forward the check to the charity.

    Serial Conservative did not send me the check. I cannot verify his claim. (I’m not judging him on what he did, just reporting what I know.)

    Please advise whether or not you believe the bet payout has been satisfied and, if not, what remedy you believe must be taken to satisfy your agreement.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Factoid: Mathias Rust, a mentally unstable West German who as a teenager was jailed by the Soviets for landing a plane in Red Square, then later was jailed in Germany for stabbing a woman, and subsequently convicted of shoplifting and fraud, now works as an analyst for a Swiss investment bank.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: No wonder Europe is broke.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Bill

    Voting in the pre-dawn hours of the new year, the Senate passed by fiscal cliff compromise by an 89-8 vote, with 6 Republicans and 2 Democrats voting against it. The ball is now in Boehner’s court. The House has to pass the bill in time for the president to sign it at noon on Jan. 3.

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    I did the numbers last night, and I’m up 18.71% for 2012. Not a bad year!

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    notrouble spews:

    @6 It sounds to me like he has made good. Republican doesn’t equal liar, some of them are just uninformed.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I entered a guess-the-Dow contest back in January and missed by less than 20 points.

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    Michael spews:

    Looks like we’re going over the cliff!

    Fine by me, it’s the only way we’ll ever get the military industrial complex under control.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Looks like we just got the fiscal cliff deal, which has some on both sides not happy. It passed the house, even without a majority of the majority.

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    Michael spews:

    The Republican’s are in disarray. It will be interesting to see what happens in a couple weeks when there are fewer Republicans and some of the more crazy members of the house are gone.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Not weeks, the 112th Congress ends tommorrow or Thursday, and then the 113th begins, where as you mentioned, there will be a few less Republicans.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    The final tally on the Fiscal cliff compromise, 85 Republicans and 172 Democrats voting Yea, 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats voting Nay, with 5 and 3 respectively not voting.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans are complaining the fiscal cliff deal doesn’t contain spending cuts. Those with functioning memory will recall that Republicans spent money like water when they ran things. Remember no-bid contracts? And Bush’s agents using grain shovels to put money in contractors’ duffel bags?

    When did Republicans abruptly get religion about spending? As I recall, on Jan. 3, 2009.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    The budget cuts are going to be handled under the new Congress, with Democrats having a few more seats.

    Wouldn’t it be great if we won a majority of the seats in the 2014 election? We need a discussion on the best way to accomplish that.

    It’s not good enough to let the Republicans crash and burn on their own, sooner or later they are going to learn to keep their mouths shut about their true beliefs and intentions. Relying on Republican failings to win elections is like not investing in an offense because the other side makes so many mistakes.

    How about in our own state? What would it take to take two more house seats away from the Republicans in Washington State?

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    rhp6033 spews:

    # 24:

    The talk in Florida is over the increase in homicides since the passage of the “stand your ground” law. NPR filed it under the subject “unintended consequences”.

    But as Roger Rabbit knows, it’s a basic principle of criminal law throughout the United States says that if a person took actions which he/she knew were likely to cause injury, then they are presumed to have intended the injury to occur.

    So… does that mean that the Florida legislatures who voted for the measure are guilty of the homicides which resulted therefrom? Or aren’t they at least accomplices?

    Yea, I know, legislatures have immunity – legally, if not morally.

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    ArtFart spews:

    @24 Not that we shouldn’t mourn for the mother of the Connecticut shooter (who was his first victim) but as it turns out she was a paranoid, survivalist nut case who thought the end was nigh, stuffed her suburban McMansion full of groceries, armed herself to the teeth (apparently to be ready to battle government stormtoopers coming to seize her stuff or her neighbors coming to steal it) and pulled her son out of school lest he become brainwashed. In other words, a classic NRA poster child.